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Creole Economics: Caribbean Cunning Under The French Flag - Katherine E. Browne

What do the trickster Rabbit, slave descendants, off-the-books economies, and French citizens have to do with each other? Plenty, says Katherine Browne in her anthropological investigation of the informal economy in the Caribbean island of Martini......

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The Concubine, The Princess, And The Teacher: Voices From The Ottoman Harem

In the Western imagination, the Middle Eastern harem was a place of sex, debauchery, slavery, miscegenation, power, riches, and sheer abandon. But for the women and children who actually inhabited this realm of the imperial palace, the reality was......

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Desert Duty: On The Line With The U.s. Border Patrol - , Mark Haynes

While politicians and pundits endlessly debate immigration policy, U.S. Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line to enforce immigration law. In a day's work, agents may catch a load of narcotics, apprehend groups of people entering the cou......

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Shooting Stars Of The Small Screen: Encyclopedia Of Tv Western Actors, 1946-present - Douglas Brode

Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such popular shows as Rawhide, Gunsmoke, ......

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Multiculturalism And The Mouse: Race And Sex In Disney Entertainment - Douglas Brode

In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode-the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment-argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off items promoted diversity decades befor......

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Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery And The Generation Of Meaning In The Avengers, The Prisoner, And Doctor Who - , Simon J. Barker

From the alien worlds of Star Trek to the realistic operating room of ER, the design of sets and costumes contributes not only to the look and mood of television shows, but even more importantly to the creation of memorable characters. Yet, until ......

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Authorship In Film Adaptation

Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this transformation of a literary source to ......

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Stories In Red And Black: Pictorial Histories Of The Aztecs And Mixtecs - Elizabeth Hill Boone

The Aztecs and Mixtecs of ancient Mexico recorded their histories pictorially in images painted on hide, paper, and cloth. The tradition of painting history continued even after the Spanish Conquest, as the Spaniards accepted the pictorial histori......

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Muslim Women Activists In North America: Speaking For Ourselves

In the eyes of many Westerners, Muslim women are hidden behind a veil of negative stereotypes that portray them as either oppressed, subservient wives and daughters or, more recently, as potential terrorists. Yet many Muslim women defy these stere......

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Monumental Ambivalence: The Politics Of Heritage - Lisa C. Breglia

From ancient Maya cities in Mexico and Central America to the Taj Mahal in India, cultural heritage sites around the world are being drawn into the wave of privatization that has already swept through such economic sectors as telecommunications, t......

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Career Movies: American Business And The Success Mystique - Jack Boozer

Achieving the American Dream became inextricably linked with career/business success after World War II, as an increasingly consumerist America learned to define the dream through possessions and status. Not surprisingly, Hollywood films in the po......

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Nationalist Voices In Jordan: The Street And The State - Betty S. Anderson

According to conventional wisdom, the national identity of the Jordanian state was defined by the ruling Hashemite family, which has governed the country since the 1920s. But this view overlooks the significant role that the "Arab street"-in this ......

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Arab-american Faces And Voices: The Origins Of An Immigrant Community - Elizabeth Boosahda

As Arab Americans seek to claim their communal identity and rightful place in American society at a time of heightened tension between the United States and the Middle East, an understanding look back at more than one hundred years of the Arab-Ame......

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